Travelling With a Newborn

Natalie - posted on 08/29/2014 ( 6 moms have responded )

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My brother in law is getting married 3 weeks after my due date in March. I am really nervous about exposing my baby to the germs in public that early. I am also not so sure how the 5 hour drive will go. It seems like it will be hard and risky. But my family seems to think I am making a bigger deal out of it than it will be. Is it safe? Or should I plan to stay home?

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Jasmine - posted on 08/29/2014

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its great that your aware of your baby's safety! my best advice would be to see how you feel when the baby comes and not only think about if the baby is able but if you are because your body will go through alot of change and you might just want to be in the safety of your own home having bonding time.

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Amenda - posted on 08/30/2014

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If your newborn is healthy and you feel good enough to travel, there is no harm. Just make sure you and baby both feel comfortable throughout your stay there. Overpack and eat healthy and try to stay with baby as long as possible. Newborns are mostly breastfeed so you need to worry less about baby food and all. I suggest you to carry a good quality sleep sack for your baby to stay comfortable. We use a baby deedee sleep nest and carry it everywhere we go. My ds won't sleep until we put him inside the sack. It also work as a bedtime indicator for him.

Chet - posted on 08/29/2014

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We have four kids, and I think tiny babies are the easiest to travel with by far! Odds are that he'll sleep most of the time.

I honestly found that are newborns were more content being carried around, being out and about, hearing the buzz of activity than they were at home, etc.

Natalie - posted on 08/29/2014

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That's encouraging! If your baby was okay with a big party and a big move, mine could too. But thanks for not putting any pressure either!

Chet - posted on 08/29/2014

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It is safe for a healthy newborn to travel and to be out in public. We hosted a party for 50 people when our third child was 9 days old, and then we moved from the east coast to the west coast when he was 11 days old. All of our kids were out in public and visited family and friends right away.

That said, it's fine to stay home if you really don't feel comfortable or ready to travel with a baby. I would just tell people that you don't feel ready to travel yet.

My 2.5 week old niece wasn't at our wedding because her mom didn't feel up to the car ride. A cousin of mine got married this summer and another cousin who was supposed to be at the wedding didn't come because again, they didn't feel ready to make a trip with a newborn.

Be honest though, and say that you don't feel comfortable or ready. People should understand.

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